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Directory highlights accomplishments of alumni business owners

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The Alumni Relations office had long planned to build an online directory highlighting alumni-owned businesses. The COVID-19 pandemic made that work a priority as businesses needed support.

Through collaboration with campus partners and a focus group of business owners, the directory quickly came together. It is intended to highlight the extraordinary accomplishments of alumni business owners, while providing members of the GVSU community with the opportunity to conduct business with fellow Lakers.

Visitors to the directory will find a wide range of businesses: restaurants, consulting firms, retail stores, fitness health centers, and more. Many of the businesses list special offers and discounts specifically for GVSU alumni. 

To view a growing list of alumni-owned businesses, or to submit your own, visit .

A family of four standing in front of a Kona Ice Truck

Damion ’96 and Lindsay ’07 Parker - Kona Ice of West Grand Rapids

Restaurants and Food Service

Kona Ice of West Grand Rapids

Damion ’96 and Lindsay ’07 Parker

Wyoming, MI

Zakry O’Brien standing in front of his store Lake Effect Phone Repair

Aminah Muhammad posing with some of her pastries

Aminah Muhammad ’17 - Aimee Z’s Passionate Pastries


Lake Effect Phone Repair

Zakry O’Brien ’17

Grand Rapids, MI

Two people wearing 'daddy pete's' shirts

Tarra Davis '13 - Daddy Pete's BBQ

Consumer Goods

Aimee Z’s Passionate Pastries

Aminah Muhammad ’17

Chicago, IL

Restaurants and Food Service

Daddy Pete’s BBQ

Tarra Davis ’93

Grand Rapids, MI

Man sitting in front of gray background

Jason Dodge '05 - BlackTruck Media + Marketing

Advertising, Marketing, and PR

BlackTruck Media + Marketing

Jason Dodge ’05

Grand Rapids, MI


Serein Naturals

Angela Wells ’10

Denver, CO

Katarina Samardija poses with one of her wrist accessories

Katarina Samardzija '19 - Locker Lifestyle

Clothing, Apparel, and Accessories

Locker Lifestyle

Katarina Samardzija ’19

Orland Park, IL

Travel and Tourism

Paddles & Pedals

Margie Thomas-Boyd ’13

Bellaire, MI

Mental and Behavioral Health

Wisdom Center Counseling Services

Samuel Jones ’10

Grand Rapids, MI

A group of people in dentist scrubs

Medical Care

Great Lakes Family Dentistry

Michael Rediske ’08

Hudsonville, MI

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